Paul Scholes has suggested that Sir Alex Ferguson was wrong to reject the chance to sign Jordan Henderson before he signed for Liverpool.
The former Manchester United manager famously criticised the midfielder in his autobiography, comically citing his awkward running style as a reason he didn't like him.
Ferguson also suggested that Henderson didn't have the ability to make it as a top-level footballer, but the player himself has done well this season to prove him wrong.
Henderson is now set to go to the World Cup with England as one of Roy Hodgson's first choices for the midfield.
He has also won the praise of former Manchester United midfielder Scholes, who has risked the wrath of Fergie by calling him England's diamond in midfield.
He said in his PaddyPower blog: "Jordan Henderson is a diamond of a lad who’s best described as ‘workmanlike’. He’s a player others appreciate having around them on the pitch.
"He’ll sacrifice himself for the attacking talent in a team like Liverpool. He’s not what you call ‘world class’, but Henderson could be key to England controlling the ball and using it effectively."
Scholes was also adamant that Hodgson will live to regret not taking Michael Carrick to Brazil with the England squad. He says that Hodgson has left himself exposed by not having a direct replacement for captain Steven Gerrard.
He continued: "Not bringing Michael Carrick is a mistake. If there’s an injury to Gerrard nobody jumps out to replace him, assuming Roy considers the Liverpool approach. I don’t see Henderson, Frank Lampard or Jack Wilshere playing Gerrard’s role."
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